Religious freedom association forming in Mongolia

Religious freedom association forming in MongoliaReligious freedom supporters in Mongolia this month moved to form a national chapter of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), a step they hope will encourage the government to implement greater principles of freedom of belief.
If officially approved, the new Mongolian Religious Liberty Association -- comprised of religious, government and academia members -- will encourage a more literal interpretation of the nation's constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.>>>

Welcoming Shamans

Welcoming ShamansVa Meng Lee, a Hmong shaman, performed a ceremony intended to summon the runaway soul of Chang Teng Thao, who has diabetes, at Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif. Under a new policy recognizing the role of traditional healers, the hospital is inviting Hmong shamans to perform nine approved ceremonies. The policy is the first of its kind in the country.>>>

The untold story of Obama's mother

The untold story of ObamaThe shadow puppeteer flicks his wrist as he beats a stumpy stick against a wooden box and begins a dramatic introduction to a story about Kunti, a mother who fights for social justice. This is Pucung, a remote Indonesian village where skeletal leather puppets, some of Indonesia's best-known handicrafts, are made. The character has a mass of black hair. Ann Dunham, too, was famous for her shock of black hair, which she claimed came from a trace of Cherokee blood in her veins. Barack Obama's mother also did more for social justice in her adopted Indonesia than her son's accounts suggest.>>>

Navajo healer promotes alternative medicine

Navajo healer promotes alternative medicineOn Thursday the SCSU American Indian Center and the Nursing Science department collaborated to host Navajo Healer Johnson Dennison.

“The idea was to introduce future nurses to another culture. So we brought Dennison here to talk about the interconnections between western medicine and spirituality,” said Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, the Director of the American Indian Center.>>>

The Horse Boy traces a healing odyssey

The Horse Boy traces a healing odysseyhe Horse Boy, a father-and-son story with a scenic backdrop, follows a Texas couple who take their autistic son on a horseback trip to Outer Mongolia seeking some kind of peace for their child.

The family's journey in search of shamanic healing also is documented in the Rupert Isaacson best-seller of the same name, which features joyful cover art of Isaacson and his son in a triumphant pose on a horse. >>>